Becky Dennison Sakellariou
I washed the salt from my hair
this morning, the distant sea
steaming through the shower stall,
regretting the briny, sticky mass
that had carried the Mediterranean
into this northern white country.
I could have twisted it up in a clip
and stayed in the sea.
No one would have noticed.
I left the summer chairs out on the terrace
through our first autumn rain,
comforted by the way the water
puddled on them, how their outlines faded,
gathered into gray. I was not quite ready
to wipe them down, fold and put them away.
Then the sky opened a hole, a white jig-saw
in the grand opus of clouds
where the rasping, hooting geese
draw a steady arrow
between the orange trees,
following the blue
toward landings, starvation,
that one far place.
Becky Dennison Sakellariou was born and raised in New England and has lived all of her adult life in Greece. She has been “making her way home” to New Hampshire where she now spends half of every year. She has published poetry in Beloit Poetry Review, Common Ground Review, White Pelican Review, and Passager, among others. Her chapbook, The Importance of Bone, was published by Blue Light Press and her first full-length book, Earth Listening, was published by Hobblebush Books. Becky is passionate about language, landscape, and her grandchildren.